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Crusaders Fall to the Phoenix, 1-0

Thursday, October 23, 2008

A goal in the 11th minute by Green Bay’s David Znaty proved to be the deciding tally Thursday night, as Valparaiso dropped a 1-0 decision to the Phoenix in Green Bay, Wis. in Horizon League action.

“It was a good game tonight by both teams,” said Crusader head coach Mike Avery.  “We gave up an early set-piece goal to them, but otherwise it was a very even game.  They had some good early chance, and then as we chased the game, especially in the second half, we had some very good chances.”

The Crusaders had a few chances within the game’s opening ten minutes to notch the first marker, but shots by Paul Leitelt (Munster, Ind./Munster) and Clifton Brown (Chillicothe, Ohio/Unioto) couldn’t find the frame, while an attempt by Zack Stivers (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) was turned aside by Phoenix netminder Adam Stikl.  Green Bay got on the board when David Prochazka took a free kick in the 11th minute that was headed by Tony Walls over to Znaty for a one-timer that got past Kyle Zobeck (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) for the game’s first score.

But Valpo’s early flurry of shots was the only attempts they would have in the opening 45 minutes, and the Crusaders would have just two more shots in the first 30+ minutes of the second half, both of which were sent wide of the goal by Chadd Sult (South Bend, Ind./John Adams).  Zobeck would keep Valpo within one goal, however, stopping attempts by the Phoenix in the 71st and 75th minutes.

Oscar Lomeli (Jalisco, Mexico/ [Bethel (Ind.)]) would get his first shot attempt of the game off in the 79th minute, but it went wide of the frame.  Lomeli’s shot kicked off a bunch of Valpo opportunities in the game’s closing stages, but none of them could find the back of the net for the equalizing tally.  Stivers, Lomeli and J.J. Del Castillo (Mexico City, Mexico/Seaholm [Gardner-Webb]) all had shots blocked by Green Bay defenders in the last ten minutes.  Valpo’s last effort would come off the foot of Leitelt, who sent a ball at the far post in the final 30 seconds of play.  But the shot skipped just wide of the post as the game ended one-nil.

Green Bay (5-7-3, 3-2-1 Horizon) outshot Valpo by a 12-10 margin and put four shots on goal to one for the Crusaders.  Stikl had to make just the lone save for the shutout, only the second time this year Valpo has been shut out, while Zobeck made three saves on his end.

Valparaiso (5-8-2, 0-5-1 Horizon) steps out of Horizon League play for the final time in the regular season as it travels to East Lansing, Mich. to take on 2007 NCAA Tournament participant Michigan State.  Kickoff is slated for 1:30 p.m. CDT on Sunday afternoon, with a link to live statistics available at www.valpoathletics.com.

W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo